New & weak TMAs to get special grants- inaytullah.
Chitral Times Report
PESHAWAR: KP Senior Minister for Local Govt, Elections and
Rural Development (LGE&RD) InayatUllah Khan has said that the
present provincial government was quite aware of the problems of
the new and financially weak TMAs. He revealed that his provincial
government would provide special grants to all such TMAs so that it
could be able to stand on its own fact and thus contribute in
providing better municipal services to the masses and
beautification of the cities.
He was addressing the 2nd meeting of Provincial Finance Commission
(PFC) at Civil Secretariat Peshawar. It was chaired by Finance
Minister Muzaffer Sayed Advocate and besides its members, 2 MPAs, 2
district and 2 Tehsil Nazims, Secretaries of Local Government,
Rural Development, Finance, P&D Local Council Board, law and Local
Council Board, Director General Local Government and other
concerned high ups also attended.
The meeting took stock of the formula for distribution of resources
among TMAs and three tiers of local governments wherein certain
decisions were made. It was decided that population would be the
top most priority for resource distribution whereas poverty, lag in
infrastructure and revenue would follow in importance to ensure
justice and transparency in fiscal matters at all the tiers of new
Local government system.
Inayatullah assured the commission that all the TMAs would be
activated and streamlined in all respects to deliver and serve the
masses as per their aspirations. He further said that TMAs in KP
would not be made white elephants for the government and people
unlike in past regimes. However he said that all its genuine
problems would be sorted out for good so enable it deliver in
befitting manner. He cautioned that those new and weak TMAs who
could not improve its performance despite receiving grants would be
dissolved and merged in adjacent TMAs.
Senior Minister asserted that considerable improvement has been
made in performance of municipal bodies besides increase in its
fiscal resources due to realistic approach of KP govt. He vowed
this progress would be continued on permanent basis in times to
come with fruitful results that would be felt by the people in
their surroundings as well.